First Solar Infrastructure Company to Secure Both ISO 9001:2008 QMS and ISO 14001:2004 EMS Certifications
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico, April 19, 2011 — Unirac, Inc., North America's leading provider of infrastructure for solar power systems, today announced that it has achieved the International Organization for Standardization ISO 14001:2004 for Environmental Management Systems (EMS). Last November, Unirac announced its ISO 9001:2008-certified Quality Management System (QMS). It is thus the first solar infrastructure company to achieve both certifications, a real testament to the company's unwavering commitment to global standards and continuous improvement.
This voluntary achievement demonstrates Unirac's dedication to environmentally responsible business practices. Unirac customers can be confident that the company not only complies with environmental laws and regulations, but also adheres to documented processes and procedures to implement, maintain and improve the EMS governing the manufacture of Unirac solar mount solutions.
"Unirac takes a very serious approach towards the impact of our activities and products on the environment," said Richard Welch, Unirac's Chief Operations Officer. "As concerns about global climate change grow, an increasing number of our customers are demanding that our processes and systems are demonstrably respectful of the environment. The ISO 14001:2004 certification is evidence of our commitment to continually improving our environmental performance and surpassing our customers' expectations." Combining this with our ISO 9001 certification shows our commitment to pursuing world-class processes in meeting and exceeding our customer's needs.
Certification for ISO 14001:2004 signifies that Unirac undertakes waste management via recycling initiatives, practices smart consumption of energy and materials, undertakes better use of natural resources, has adequate processes in place to manage environmental issues that might arise, and undertakes continual improvement to minimize harmful effects on the environment caused by its activities.
Unirac initiated the ISO 14001:2004 registration process in mid 2010. The company demonstrated to an independent auditing agency an enterprise-wide understanding of the ISO 14001:2004 standard and sound, documented environmental policies and management processes. The agency conducted certification audits in Q4 2010 and February and March 2011, yielding the April 2011 certification recognition.
Unirac is a sponsor of the Ontario Feed-In Tariff (FIT) Supply Chain Forum, to be held April 19-21 at the Allstream Centre in Toronto. Ray Piontek, vice president of worldwide sales and service, is among the presenters.
Links to additional information:
• Unirac press releases: http://www.unirac.com/news/
• ISO 14001:2004: http://www.iso.org/iso/environmental_management.htm
• ISO 9001:2008: http://www.iso.org/iso/quality_management.htm
• Ontario FIT Forum: http://www.amiando.com/ofit2011.html
Unirac, a Hilti company, is North America's leading provider of infrastructure for solar power systems. Recognized as an industry innovator on both the product and process side, Unirac is one of the fastest growing companies in the solar industry. Unirac has achieved ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications and its industrial-grade solar mount solutions meet ‘Made in America', ‘Buy American', ARRA and Ontario Power Authority FIT and microFIT criteria. For more information about Unirac, please visit www.unirac.com.
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Sterling Communications for Unirac